Camera Basics Series: Aperture Explained – Free Quick Guide

Aperture, like shutter speed, is an essential building block in understanding how light reaches our camera’s sensor for us to create the perfect photograph.

Learning about aperture can be confusing at first and can trip up the most experienced photographers, but it does get easier to understand with patience and practice.

It can be rare to hear the term aperture being used outside of photography, but at its purest form, the word aperture means an opening, a hole, or a gap.

If we think about this in relation to photography, we can understand that the aperture is simply the opening in a lens that allows light to travel through the lens and into our camera.

In this guide, we will discuss:

  • What aperture means
  • What a diaphragm is and how it works
  • How aperture affects our photos
  • How aperture is measured in our cameras
  • How aperture size affects our depth of field and how to control it

Understanding the aperture is a core photography skill, and you can master that skill today!

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Photo Credit: Angela Fulks

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